Donald Trump’s chief financial officer faced a courtroom in New York on Thursday in what must surely be the beginning of the end of this tediously long drama and one that could still end with the former President of the United States forced into financial ruin.

Yet if that remains a possible (if still distant) endpoint, the charges brought against the Trump Organisation and Allen Weisselberg were an underwhelming way to begin and amounted to alleged corruption on a scale much smaller ($1.7 million) than we were led to expect.